History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

22 June, 2012


A few of the fantastic woman flyers of the early 20th century. (For some of those I've missed, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum  has a great online exhibit). 

From various institutions, but especially the San Diego Air and Space Museum.

Matilde E. Moisant, the second American woman to get a pilot's license, 1912.  Source

Ruth Elder, c.1920s.  Source

Lores Bonney, c. 1933. Source

Adele Mullin and a fellow pilot, c. 1939. Source

Harriet Quimby, first American woman to earn a pilot's license, c.1912. Source

Fran Bera, c. 1950s.  Source

Nancy Bird and her new plane, 1935. Source

Harriet Quimby and Matilde Moisant, the first two American women to earn pilot's licenses, c. 1910s. Source

Ruth Elder, 1920s. Source

Marjorie Stinson and brother Eddie, siblings of Katherine Stinson (below), 1910s. Source

Willa Brown, first African American woman to earn a pilot's license and trainer of pilots in WW2. Source

Helene Dutrieu, first Belgian woman to earn a pilot's license, 1911. Source

Ruth Alexander. Source

Katherine Stinson, first female pilot to execute a loop and first woman liscensed to carry US mail, 1910s. Source

Ruth Alexander being silly with a friend. Source

Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife of Charles but an accomplished pilot in her own right. Source

Jean Batten (and her kitten!) being interviewed after flying from Britain to Australia, 1934. Source

Fran Bera. Source

Ruth Law and Mrs. Robert Goelet in a model "B" Wright airplane, 1914. Source

Katherine Stinson. Source

Nancy Bird, c. 1939. Source

1 comment:

Tracy E. Hieatt said...

Wonderful collection of photos. Nice to learn about pilots other than Amelia Earhart.

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